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ECU’s late surge defeats St. John’s

Ninth-ranked East Carolina scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, extending its win streak to seven-straight games with a 7-4 victory over No. 16 St. John’s Saturday on day two of the 14th Annual Keith LeClair Classic at Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win the Pirates improve to 7-3 on the season.

Sam Lanier (1-1) picked up the win allowing one run (earned) on two hits with a pair of strikeouts in 2.2 innings, while Starter Jacob Wolfe surrendered a pair of runs (one earned) on seven hits with a walk and strikeout in four innings. Tyler Smith (1.1 IP, 1 R, 2 Ks) and Matt Bridges (1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 Ks) each worked out of the bullpen.

The Pirates will close out the LeClair Classic Sunday when they play host to Appalachian State at 3:30 p.m.

N.C. State: The Wolfpack was defeated by the Maryland Terrapins, 9-2, Saturday at the USA Baseball Complex. The Pack (5-5) returns to action Sunday when the squad hosts UMass Lowell. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. at Doak Field.

St. Augustine’s: On Saturday, Ricky Rice fired a one-hitter as the Falcons toppled Salem International 4-1 in the second game of a doubleheader at Optimist Park. The Falcons bounced back nicely after losing the first game 7-6.

Rice recorded 11 strikeouts and two walks in seven complete innings for the victory. He hurled a no-hitter through five innings.

The Falcons (7-11) will play another doubleheader Sunday at Optimist Park beginning at 1 p.m.

Campbell: The Camels were defeated 7-1 Saturday at Jim Perry Stadium, by Ohio State.

Ohio State moved to 4-6 on the season, while the Camels dropped to 5-4 overall. Game three of the evening weekend series will feature a 1 p.m. first pitch Sunday.

Mt. Olive: The Trojans took the final two games of the series from Barton College to sweep the series at Scarborough Field in Conference Carolinas baseball on Saturday. Former Garner pitcher Brighton Hudson (2-0) picked up the win for the Trojans as he went seven complete, allowing a single run, off five hits and struck out eight.

The Trojans will host Wingate for two single-game midweek contests. Game one of the series is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start on March 7 from Scarborough Field.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons earned a doubleheader sweep over Kent State, winning by scores of 7-2 and 5-0 at David F. Couch Ballpark on Saturday. Over the 18 innings of game action, four Demon Deacon (8-4) pitchers combined to allow just one earned run on six total hits by the Golden Flashes, (7-3) a 45-win team a season ago.

The team now closes out the weekend against Radford at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Elon: Behind eight strong innings from Robbie Welhaf, the Phoenix threw its second shutout of the season in defeating the UMass Minutemen 3-0 at Latham Park on Saturday.

Welhaf (2-1), who threw a no-hitter in a 7-0 win over Longwood in his first start of the year, matched a personal best with eight strikeouts, and he scattered five hits. Reliever Sean Byrnes struck out one as he threw the ninth inning to earn his first save of the year.

The Phoenix and UMass will wrap up the three-game series with a noon game on Sunday at Latham Park.

Softball

UNC: The Tar Heels secured the series victory on ACC opening weekend, capturing a 6-2 win over Pittsburgh to claim the first two games of the three-game series. The Heels (14-4, 2-0 ACC) are riding a nine-game winning streak and will look to make it 10 straight in Sunday’s series finale (1 p.m.). After opening the season 9-0, the Panthers took their third loss in four games to fall to 12-4, 0-2.

Elon: The Phoenix earned a pair of nail-biting victories on Saturday on the second day of the Elon Softball Tournament. The Phoenix defeated Wagner, 3-2, in walk-off fashion in its first game of the day before hanging on late to beat Iona, 7-6, in the nightcap at Hunt Softball Park.

The Phoenix (10-6) has now won three straight while improving its home ledger to 10-1 this season. The team closes out the Elon Softball Tournament Sunday with a contest versus Saint Joseph’s at 2 p.m.

St. Augustine: On Saturday, Tamiera Sanchez tallied three RBIs and Akera McPhaul added two RBIs as the Falcons nipped Newberry College 6-5 in the second game of a softball doubleheader at the Smith Road Complex in Newberry, S.C. The Lady Falcons finished strong after falling 11-3 in the first game.

The team will play again March 17-19 in the CIAA Round-Up in Charlotte, N.C. They will play six conference games in three days.

NC State: The Wolfpack capped off its second day of play at the Homewood Suites by Hilton RDU/RTP Invitational on Saturday evening with a 7-6 win over Lehigh after dropping an 8-7 decision with Fordham in its first game.

The Pack moves to 5-14 while Fordham improves to 14-4 and Lehigh falls to 4-5 on the season. Up next, the team will wrap up play at the Homewood Suites Invitational Sunday, facing Fordham in the championship game at 12:15 p.m. Lehigh and Rutgers play in the third-place game at 10:00 a.m.

Women’s Basketball

ECU: The Pirates lost to SMU, 60-54, in the first round of the American Athletic Conference at Mohegan Sun Arena Friday night. The Pirates conclude their season 11-19 overall while SMU advanced to play No. 3 seed USF on Saturday

Kristen Gaffney led all scorers with 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field and 10 free throws on 13 attempts.

Campbell: The Camels were dealt a 57-47 loss by Liberty in both team’s regular-season finale Saturday at the Vines Center. Hayley Barber led the Camels’ scoring effort with 13 points.

A 10-0 run for the Flames (13-16, 12-6 Big South) in the fourth period proved to be the difference. The Camels (21-8, 13-5) held a 41-37 lead with nine minutes left to play. A 3-pointer from Iva Illic tied the score at 45-45 at the 4:30 mark of the fourth, and Liberty took its first lead of the game on an Audrey Rettstatt jumper with 3:26 remaining.

The Camels will begin play in the 2017 Big South Championship in the quarterfinal round on Friday at 6 p.m. The team will face the winner of Thursday’s first-round game between seventh-seeded UNC Asheville and 10th-seeded Longwood or Winthrop

Men’s Basketball

Campbell: For the first time since 1994, the Camels have reached the Big South Conference Championship game. The seventh-seeded Camels (17-16) won their fourth straight outing Friday over Radford 66-50 to earn the right to face top seed Winthrop (25-6) Sunday at 1 p.m. Sunday’s winner will receive the Big South’s automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.

Chris Clemons became the first player in Big South tournament history to record back-to-back 33-point games when he led the Camels over Radford with 33 points (plus nine rebounds and four assists).

Elon: The Phoenix dropped a hard-fought 71-66 decision to William & Mary on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Colonial Athletic Association Championship at the North Charleston Coliseum.

The team drops to 18-14 with the setback, while William & Mary improves to 17-13 and advances to the semifinals to face top-seeded UNCW.

Mt. Olive: Sophomore Jamaal Matin has been named third-team All-Conference Carolinas honors in a vote by the league’s coaches, it was announced at Saturday’s Conference Carolinas Men’s Basketball Tournament banquet.

Matin led the Trojans, averaging 13.8 points and 36.9 minutes per game while starting and playing in 17 contests. Matin shot 44.5 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from 3-point range in his sophomore campaign while stuffing the stat sheet with 6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game.

Men’s Tennis

Duke: The Blue Devils pushed their winning streak to five matches Saturday and began the ACC campaign with a victory by downing Virginia Tech 6-1 inside the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. The Blue Devils got their first road win of the season and have won eight of their last 10, 18 of their last 21 and 22 of their last 26 ACC openers.

The Blue Devils travel down the road to Chapel Hill for a 3 p.m. Tuesday match with North Carolina.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons continued their winning ways Saturday, as the No. 3 team swept No. 8 Texas, 4-0 inside the Caswell Tennis Center.

Saturday’s match was a rematch of the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, where the Deacs (10-1) outlasted the Longhorns (12-3), 4-3. The team closes out its trip to Texas on Monday when the Demon Deacons face TCU. First serve is set for 2 p.m.

Mt. Olive: The Trojans glided past Emmanuel College, 9-0, in Conference Carolinas action at the John Neal Walker Tennis Center. Senior Martim Sousa and sophomore Jose Cortijos combined to take an 8-1 victory at No. 1 doubles, while sophomores Ogulcan Deniz and Martin Moser teamed up to sweep the Lions at No. 2 doubles, 8-0.

Elon: The Phoenix looks to continue its home success when it hosts North Florida on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center.

The match was originally scheduled for 11 a.m. but was moved to 12:30 p.m. The team is 5-0 this season at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center.

Women’s Golf

Duke: Led by a 2-under-par performance from senior Sandy Choi, the Blue Devils moved into a tie for first on day two of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate in Hilton Head, S.C.

Choi, a senior, carded five birdies on her way to a season-best round of 69. Today’s performance moves Choi into fifth place, individually, with an even-par, 142.

The Blue Devils will kick off round two beginning at 10:10 a.m., along with Alabama and Arizona State.

UNC: The Tar Heels remained tied for ninth overall at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate on Saturday. The team shot a 16-over-par 300 to bring their tournament total to a 28-over 596.

The team continues to be led by Kelly Whaley, who followed yesterday’s even-par round with a 2-over par 73 to stay tied for ninth overall. Lexi Harkins had a strong second day, shooting a 1-under par 70 that was tied for the second best round of the day across all teams.

The teamwill compete in the final round of play, for the third straight round they will be part of the first wave of teams to tee off from the first tee at 8 a.m. They’ll play with Tennessee for the second straight day and Furman.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons continued play Saturday at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate with the second round at the Long Cove Club. The Deacs shot a 21-over 305 during the second round and are in 14th place at 33-over after 36 holes.

Sierra Sims had the low round of the day for the Deacons, posting a 1-over round of 72. She is tied for 14th on the individual leaderboard at 4-over through two rounds.

Antonia Eberhard withdrew from the tournament due to injury during the second round. The tournament concludes Sunday at the Long Cove Club.

Men’s Lacrosse

UNC: The sixth-ranked Tar Heels were led by a career performance from goalkeeper Brian Balkam as they defeated top-ranked Denver 13-9 at sold out Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium Saturday. Balkam made 17 saves, and Luke Goldstock had four goals and an assist to pace the Tar Heels offense in capturing a signature win.

Mt. Olive: The Trojans came back to defeat Mercyhurst, 8-7, in overtime at the U.S. Lacrosse National Headquarters’ Tierney Field on Saturday in Sparks, Md.

Defensively, sophomore Austin Peper led the way with two caused turnovers and two groundballs.

The team will stay on the road for a match-up with Lake Erie in Painsville, Ohio on Wednesday. The opening face-off is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse

Duke: The Blue Devils could not overcome a slow start, falling to Virginia Tech by an 11-6 margin Saturday at Koskinen Stadium. The team dropped to 4-2 overall and 0-2 in ACC play while surrendering back-to-back losses for the first time since February 2016. The Blue Devils look to turn around their two-game skid next Saturday at Louisville. The contest will begin at noon.

Track & Field

Elon: The team saw several of its individual athletes and its 4x400-meter relay team set new personal-records on the Phoenix’s second day of competition at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I Indoor Championships on Saturday inside the Boston University Tennis and Track Center.

After two days, the Phoenix currently sit tied for third overall at the ECAC Indoor Championships with 15 points through six events. The third and final day of the meet concludes Sunday with events beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Wrestling

N.C. State: Five members of the Wolfpack advanced to the finals and earned All-ACC honors, as the Pack placed second at the ACC Championship hosted inside Reynolds Coliseum on Saturday.

Junior Kevin Jack repeated as ACC Champion at 141 pounds with a dominating performance, while redshirt-juniors Brian Hamann (165) and Michael Macchiavello (184) along with redshirt-sophomores Sean Fausz (125) and Jamal Morris (133) all reached the finals in their weight classes. The team will await the NCAA Championships brackets and at-large bids this week for the tournament that runs March 16-18 in St. Louis.

Duke: Redshirt junior heavyweight Jacob Kasper captured runner-up honors to headline a trio of Blue Devils who secured berths in the upcoming NCAA championships at the ACC Championships. The team finished sixth overall with 24.5 points.

Joining Kasper with automatic bids to St. Louis is Jake Faust at 157 pounds and Connor Bass at 174. They finished fourth and third in their respective weight classes.

The NCAA releases the list of the 330 wrestlers for the NCAA Championships on Tuesday. The official brackets and seeding will be released at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Men’s Volleyball

Mt. Olive: The Trojans soared past Pfeiffer University, 3-0, in a three-set sweep on Saturday in Kornegay Arena. Junior Robert Poole and Ramen led the team in digs with 10, combined for 17 kills to lead the Trojans in the victory.

Up next the team takes a nearly two-week break from action before hitting the road for a pair of contests starting with a March 17 matchup with Emmanuel College (Ga.) in Franklin Springs, Georgia

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